The divorce rate in Pakistani dramas is not just high but it is also highly unpleasant. Divorces given in rage and sometimes because men are just fed up with the constant bickering are a little too common. There can be many different reasons for these divorces but one thing is for sure that showing men shouting these three ugly words in every other drama because that is what gets the channels the attention they so desperately seek is sickening! Even if the divorce sometimes actually is not shown, it is shown as a dream sequence in promos to keep the viewers guessing.
The viewers will be surprised to see how casually the word talaq is uttered in Pakistani dramas. Here is a compilation of the unfortunate manner in which divorce is given in Pakistani dramas over and over again. It won’t be wrong to say that these clips are only the tip of the iceberg! Sometimes this divorce is given on the night of the wedding which is even more unpleasant.
In the drama serial Doraha this divorce happened instantly after the husband was sick and tired of constant fights. As is evident, some of the characters were quite happy with this development and after uttering these three ugly words, the husband was more in shock – this is apparently a common occurrence in our dramas.
Meri Zaat Zara-e-Benishan
This drama was definitely a masterpiece in many ways but the divorce given in it was just as unpleasant and unsettling as the rest of the dramas. After the wife is not able to prove her ‘innocence’ the husband gives her a divorce in front of the entire family.
In the drama serial, Khud Parast divorce was shown as a punishment. It was sudden and just as unpleasant as all the others irrespective of the background and consequences.
The divorce scene in Mann Mayal was just as ridiculous as many of the other scenarios in this drama. Mannu pleaded even after she was divorced and even after living a terrible life with this man she acted as she had just lost the best thing that happened to her.
The divorce in Nazr-e-Bad was shown so casually that it was almost unbelievable. Even couples who are dating must take their relationship more seriously than married couples in Pakistani dramas.
Waseem Abbas has apparently divorced his on-screen wives in the most unpleasant manner more than once. He is an expert at shooting such scenes and is seen shouting these words in dramas as if it is no big deal.
In Khasara also the viewers saw a lovable husband uttering these three words after he sees his wife hugging his best friend and is convinced she no longer wants to live with her.
Khaas also showed how a narcissistic husband divorced his wife when his ego was hurt.
In order to prove his ‘masculinity’ and to teach his wife a lesson, the husband gives his wife a divorce because she confronts him for his stern and unfair behavior.
This divorce was an outcome of proper planning and like everything else shown in Jhooti, this one too was nothing more than a joke for the main protagonist. Once again showing such a scene was used to over-dramatize and sensationalize the issue.
Ghissi Pitti Mohabbat
Ghissi Pitti Mohabbat showed divorce over the phone and that was that the marriage was done and dusted!
Kashf is another drama serial which showed how a person who was otherwise level-headed was so deluded that he ended up giving divorce verbally without thinking twice.
Kahin Deep Jalay
Kahin Deep Jalay was another drama that ended with one of the negative central characters getting a very public divorce!
In order to save his sister from committing suicide, the brother divorced his wife. This divorce was the most shocking and definitely one that set the wrong precedent because of the way it was dramatized.
Dil Mom Ka Diya
The heroine in Dil Mom ka Diya Ulfat wanted the divorce but even then watching a decent man utter those words in a public place wasn’t something that should have been shown.
This was another divorce that was given to teach the wife a lesson and to prove a point, the wife was left crying and pleading!
Although this particular divorce was shown as a ‘ghalati’ it was unpleasant nevertheless!
Main Khayal Hoon Kisi Aur Ka
This was another ridiculous scenario in which the bride is divorced on her wedding night because the husband feels that she does not want to live with him! Why marry someone if you will eventually divorce them?
This is another Pakistani drama that showed how the husband divorced his wife on the night of their wedding having absolutely no regard for her or their relationship.
Mohabbat Tujhe Alvida
Mohabbat Tujhe Alvida took this ridiculous divorce scenario to another level by showing the husband divorcing not one but both the wives but guess what he was only ‘daydreaming’!!!
Mohabbatein Chahatein’s first episode ended with these three words being uttered by the husband in the middle of a party. And that is how a seemingly troubled marriage ended in the most unpleasant way right in the beginning. This goes to show that starting dramas with a divorce is becoming just as much of a ‘trend’ as ending dramas with them.
In most of these dramas, divorce was used as a weapon, as a means to punish the wives. That is the sad reality of divorce in Pakistani dramas. Shouldn’t this trend be officially banned because it literally makes a mockery of the institution of marriage and shows divorce as something trivial? Do these scenes serve any purpose at all? Can you think of any other Pakistani dramas that promoted this sickening trend? Share your views.